-Matt Striker defeats CM Punk. -Hardcore Holly defeats RVD. -Interupting girls dancing in ring...cue Vince, showing up for the first time in WWECW, invites Elijah Burke out and says he is the future in the New ECW. Originals come out and be his ass. -Bobby Lashley retains his title via pinfall in a Rumble rematch against Test.
Suprised how long Holly/RVD went. Few missed spots and it seemed like they were moving in slow motion the whole time. Other than that...pretty typical show.
***EDiT*** Yea...as CRZ so nicely added Taker did a cameo, which someone actually called here on the-w, and choke slammed Test while eyeing Bobby Lashley with his respective strap.
Oh, and The Undertaker made the "I want da belt" hand motion to Lashley. WHAT DOES IT MEAN (besides we'll see 'im Friday)
It seemed to me like somebody (wonder who, VINCE - just kidding, big man...call me) tilted the show long since they had to run their last ad break at 9:59 and probably confuse all the people who just tune in at the top of the hour. It also meant we were deprived actual main event ACTION with more of the match taking place during the commercial break than around it...which may not necessarily have been a bad thing, given that this match wasn't any great shakes when it happened on Sunday, ar ar ar.
Always sad to see someone appear to legitimately injure themselves, then cobble together the scripted finish. If it turns out that Holly's done more than pull something, it'll look pretty stupid that he ended up with a clean pin on Van Dam and then disappeared for months. (Or maybe he'll be just fine and we can forget all about it by next Tuesday!)
Seeing Vince endorsing Cor Von AND Burke in the same hour is probably a step up from calling Cena "mah nigga" on PPV (which thankfully he did not repeat on Sunday).
The funny thing is, ECW is *killing* Lashley's career. He's totally overexposed as champion, and there's no-one, except maaaaybe Punk, who he can work with to help improve his in-ring stuff. If the purpose of ECW now is, as Meltzer has said, to make Lashley a big star, then it's going to fail miserably.
To those who say people wouldn't look; they wouldn't be interested; they're too complacent, indifferent and insulated, I can only reply: There is, in one reporter's opinion, considerable evidence against that contention. But even if they are right, what have they got to lose? Because if they are right, and this instrument is good for nothing but to entertain, amuse and insulate, then the tube is flickering now and we will soon see that the whole struggle is lost. This instrument can teach, it can illuminate; yes, and it can even inspire. But it can do so only to the extent that humans are determined to use it to those ends. Otherwise it is merely wires, and lights, in a box.-Edward R. Murrow
I tuned in only because of VKM and what he was going to do. Which is sad because he is the reason I turn off RAW.
Anywho, the show was Ok but I hate the direction it is taking. Punk and RVD both NEED to win to keep viewers interested. If both keep winning then an eventual showdown between the two would mean something and would be a match I would be interested in seeing. Test is awful and should only be used in tag matches where he can play the enforcer and then eat the pin.
The ECW originals coming out to beat Burke (who was so mediocre on the mic that I hope does not come back to haunt him) was the highlight for me. But where was RVD?
And finally, those carbon cutter dancers (Kelli Kelly and her nitwit friends) were SO bad at dancing that I laughed the whole time. My wife, who was reading, even looked up when they were on and noticed how out of sync their dancing was and how bad they looked doing it. I totally agreed and was so releved when VKM came out. These girls are so bad it is funny. They remind me of the NITRO Girls except they are worse!
...that motherfucker is always spiked with pain.....
I know Punk has a lot of fans from his indy work, but I absolutely hate ECW's CM Punk. His matches are boring; they all work out almost exactly the same. I can't tell you how tired I am of his finishing sequence. Conversely, I'm a big fan of Matt Striker. I find his work in the ring to be fairly inventive, I was big on last night's ring psychology (Striker working the neck, of all body parts), and he really sells his gimmick. So unless Punk's going to freshen up his ringwork (or whoever is putting together his matches together), then it's just fine with me if he keeps on losing.
The Holly/RVD match was a good, long match. His loss and Punk's underscored Vince's embarrassment of the ECW guys, as they lost to folks who were in the WWE beforehand. The Striker/Punk match wasn't bad either, but Tenken347's right: Punk is working with a stale formula, and Striker's top-rope neckbreaker looked innovative by contrast.
The Test/Lashley match, if I'm not too far off, was virtually the same match they had last Tuesday, and this inexplicable feud has drained momentum away from the belt. Who's the most interesting ECW character now? CorVon, if only because he's got relative novelty.
Still, I don't see the use in firing Paul if they're just going to continue the Old vs. New angle. And couldn't Vince have given his bodyguards the riot gear?
"To be the man, you gotta beat demands." -- The Lovely Mrs. Tracker
After last night's show I feel like I know Matt Striker in a very intimate way, and I really had no desire to know him like that. Between that and what appeared to be a rip or some sort of odd looking crease in the ass of his trunks I couldn't even begin to focus on that match.
As for the rest...I tried with this show. I watched basically every episode since it began, but I think I'm done with it. It got removed from the list of Series Recordings on the DVR, and I can't really see myself watching it anymore unless absolutely nothing is on. I can't justify the time watching a promotion where the big pushes are going to Monty Brown/Marquis Cor Von (who is not terrible, but seems better than he is due to the crap surrounding him), Test, Bob Holly, and Bobby Lashley.
Originally posted by Tenken347I know Punk has a lot of fans from his indy work, but I absolutely hate ECW's CM Punk. His matches are boring; they all work out almost exactly the same. I can't tell you how tired I am of his finishing sequence. Conversely, I'm a big fan of Matt Striker. I find his work in the ring to be fairly inventive, I was big on last night's ring psychology (Striker working the neck, of all body parts), and he really sells his gimmick. So unless Punk's going to freshen up his ringwork (or whoever is putting together his matches together), then it's just fine with me if he keeps on losing.
We were talking about this during the Rumble. I just don't get the appeal of Punk. I have seen a lot of his RoH stuff, even his TNA days. While he has had some good matches in RoH, they didn't blow me away. And he has done nothing in ECW to warrant his continued popularity. Perhaps WWE is realizing this too, considering his recent losses. His greasy look is much more suited for a heel, which worked better for him in RoH, in my opinion.
Dean! Have you been shooting dope into your scrotum? You can tell me! I'm hip!
he has done nothing in ECW to warrant his continued popularity.
Yeah, that's WWE's impeccable thinking. He shouldn't be over, because we didn't intend for him to be, so we'll make sure he isn't anymore.
Matt Striker is shit, but he's a good talker with a punchable face. He should be a manager. Managing Test. "I give you ... Test!"
I hate fantasy booking, I just hate it
... but that is such a fucking great idea that I could almost see it turning around the whole show. It could create the big heel that a wrestling show needs to get the crowd firmly behind all the faces that go against him.
F'N SHAPIRO: Matt Striker is shit, but he's a good talker with a punchable face. He should be a manager. Managing Test. "I give you ... Test!"
And you're just going to keep saying it until they DO it, ain't you?
BigDaddyLoco:... but that is such a fucking great idea that I could almost see it turning around the whole show. It could create the big heel that a wrestling show needs to get the crowd firmly behind all the faces that go against him.
IT'S FUCKING TEST!!!!
Although, it would be cool to see him Main Event the Hammerstein
(edited by RYDER FAKIN on 1.2.07 1844) Demonstrations are a drag. Besides, we're much too high
I think we'll see some established stars move to Smackdown in the supplemental draft today. Since the draft is on RAW, they likely want to keep the focus on the big names coming to RAW rather than the ones leaving RAW.